War is Hell, obviously.

I just finished watching the first half of SciFi Channel's new Battlestar Galactica. Early reviews were negative (so were reviews of the original show, which it deserved), but I decided to give it a shot. It was cynical, grim, and depressing. It's my kind of show. I'm looking forward to the conclusion.

Over in the real world of real wars, Senator John Kerry is catching a lot of flak because he used a bad word in a Rolling Stone interview. When asked if he had expected Howard Dean to do so well, he said:

I mean, when I voted for the war, I voted for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, "I'm against everything"? Sure. Did I expect George Bush to fuck it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did.

That paragraph reveals why I don't think I can support Kerry in the primaries, but it's not the reason you think it is...

Kerry doesn't think "anybody" expected Bush to fumble the war in Iraq, but you know what? I did, and so did everybody else with half a clue. (That's why the anti-war protests were so big this time around -- it wasn't just the committed pacifists out there, it was also moderates who knew this was a bad war.) Bush had blatantly invalid reasons for attacking Iraq, no real international support, and no realistic plan for occupation. On top of which, he's not a very man.

And Kerry (according to Kerry) apparently isn't that bright, either. I could figure this war was destined to go badly, and I'm a grad school dropout. Kerry's a senator. He's supposed to know this stuff better than I do.

I've got one really simple qualification for my presidential candidates: I want to vote for someone who's smarter than me. Bush certainly doesn't qualify -- Right now, I'm not convinced Kerry does, either.

Posted at 11:53:01 PM EST on 08 December 2003 from Trenton, MI